Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Bert Lozada Swim School Launches 2016 Summer Courses

What are your plans for this summer heat?  It's fast approaching, parents and their kids are busy planning for summer activities. Beating the heat always involves a trip to the beach or a resort pool, both requiring swimming skills to maximize the fun safely! 
My daughter and I had a wonderful,  fun-filled day during the media launch of Bert Lozada Swim School for the year 2016 at ACE Water SPA located in Pasig City.We must admit, Mommy bloggers had so much to learn but we definitely had a blast too!

Nothing is too late as long as you still have the time and willingness to try. I believe that there's no age limit in learning new things. So, get your swim suit and hit the water with the friendly Lozada Team!

Bert Lozada Swim School (BLSS), the country’s largest swim institution, announced the programs and schedules for their 2016 courses that provide personalized and group teaching instruction to infants, children and adults through the Bert Lozada Swim System. 

The BLSS teaches water safety and survival techniques as well as helps conquer one’s hydrophobia. Under the Bert Lozada Swim System, every student surely acquires the basic skills in survival swimming. At BLSS, everyone can swim. 

BLSS Chief Operating Officer Angelo Lozada shared, “2016 is our 60th year and we are excited to welcome both old and new students into the Bert Lozada Swim System this summer in over 60 of our venues nationwide!” 

BLSS has a pool of competent staff composed of educators and coaches, some of who are members of the World Swimming Coaches Association (WSCA) and certified by the Australian Council for the Teaching of Water-safety and Swimming (AUSTSWIM). As part of the company’s commitment to provide high quality instruction to its students, the company continuously updates its technical expertise through the staff’s participation in seminars both here and abroad such as those conducted by the United States Swim School Association (USSSA) and World Aquatic Babies and Children Association (WABC) to which BLSS is a member. Other seminars participated in were held at various swimming centers such as the Crystal Palace Sports Center in the United Kingdom, the prestigious Leipzig Sports University in Germany, and the World Swimming Clinic in Florida, USA conducted by the American Swimming Coaches Association. BLSS is also affiliated with the World Aquatic Baby Congress (WABC) and the Australian Coaches and Swim Teachers Association (ACSTA). 


BERT LOZADA SWIM SCHOOL PROGRAMS:

My Baby and Me Infant/Toddler Program


An aquatic program designed to teach parents and children to be familiar with the water. Parents are taught how to help their child to be confident and happy in the water, and encourage learning through fun activities. This program will prepare your infant/toddler physically, psychologically and socially for more structured swimming lessons later in life.



1 Teacher : 6 Students with parent ratio
30 minutes/class

Level 1:  Water Explorer (Starfish: Age 6-12 months)
A pre-swimming class with the parent in the water.

Level 2:  Water Familiar (Puffers: Age 1 - 2.5 years)
For children who are eager to participate with parent in the water.

Level 3:  Water Safety (Guppers: Age 2.6 – 4 years)
Teaches children to perform basic water safety.

Level 4:  Water Confident (Penguins: Age 2.6 - 4 years)
For children who are eager to participate with or without parent in the water.

Level 5:  Water Independent (Seals: Age 2.6 – 4 years)
For children who are independent from parents and have more confidence in the water.



Kids & Teens


Our comprehensive program can teach an absolute beginner both survival skills and sound swimming skills in the four main swimming strokes: freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly. Over 20,000 children each year are being taught using our tried and tested method.

SNAPPER 1       (Age: 4 years old and above)
For children who are afraid of the water or little or no swimming experience.

SNAPPER 2       (Age: 4 to 6 years old)   
For children ready to work without the parent or caregiver and are developing 10m Survival Swim and 10m Dog Paddle.

JAMMER 1    (Age: 7 years old and above)
For children who are developing 15m Survival Swim and 15m Basic Freestyle

JAMMER 2   (Age: 7 years old and above)
For children who are developing 15m Backstroke and 15m Butterfly

JAMMER 3  (Age: 7 Years old and above)
For children who are developing 15m Breast Stroke and Advance freestyle mechanics

SWIM SQUAD   (Age:  5 years old and above)
A pre-competitive swim program with supervised coaching, open to individuals who can swim all four strokes (freestyle, butterfly, breaststroke, backstroke).


Adults

This program supports every skill level at all ages, including adult learn to swim classes, stroke development, swim-for-fitness classes, up to high performance training for adults who participate in triathlon or any swim race.


INTRO SWIM
Teaches comfort in the water, confidence, and being in control: the ability to be yourself in water, whether it's shallow or deep, pool, lake, or ocean. Being able to rely on yourself—not on the bottom or the side of the pool—for your safety.  We are the only swim school in the Philippines that is certified to teach the world renowned MIRACLE SWIMMING METHOD of the Miracle Swimming Institute, USA. 

If you’re afraid or not comfortable in the water, this is the perfect program for you!

BASIC
Teaches fundamental skills like floating, arm & leg action and breathing in a stress-free, encouraging atmosphere.  Focuses on survival stroke and freestyle.

ADVANCE 1
Stroke drills and expert coaching allow you to develop perfect technique in breaststroke and backstroke.

ADVANCE 2
Stroke drills and expert coaching allow you to develop perfect technique in advance freestyle and butterfly.

POWER SWIM   
Teaches racing technique and preparation to athletes of all levels. Through specially designed workouts and proper stroke management, students will be able to swim faster with efficient technique. The program’s goal is to help you achieve a lifetime of swimming improvement. 

Specialized Programs


SPECIAL NEEDS
Our Special Needs Program takes into consideration the student's emotional needs and physical capabilities. The goal is to help each student become physically active (purposeful movements) and impart to them life-saving skills of swimming. 


FITNESS
A recreational and fitness swimming program designed to suit your individual needs, whether swimming for fun, fitness or sport.


SWIM TEAM
BLSS’s expertise and quest for excellence has produced more than 1000 National team members and 7 Olympians. For everyone age 5-25 years and can swim at least 200 meters of freestyle and 25 meters of Butterfly, Backstroke and Breast Stroke. It is an exciting opportunity for children to experience the world of competitive swimming. Parents can also expect their kids to develop social skills and build character as part of the training program. 


Free Swim Lessons



Among the perennial problems our society confronts is the growing number of out-of-school youth and its social and psychological impact in the community. Giving them worthwhile activities and using their idle time is one way to develop these youths to become productive citizens. Bert Lozada Swim School helps in teaching indigent children the necessary swimming skills that will help them improve their lives… for free. They are taught life-saving skills in the event of a flood, as well as allow them to get into the swim program in order to have a chance at a college scholarship.




Events



COMPETITION MANAGEMENT

We provide consistent superior Meet Management services. We offer meet organizers an array of consulting, training, timing system operation, and meet database management services. We can help you plan effectively for your meet and then ensure that the meet is Coach and Swimmer friendly once the competition has begun. We have over 20 years of Meet Management experience. If you need help running a meet, we have the services to fit your needs. 




“We have continuously evolved our training expertise in recognition of the numerous developments and learnings, both in technology and psychology,” Lozada shared. “Our founder, Bert Lozada, started this institution with a vision of a „drown-free Philippines‟ and we share that vision with him.” 

The BLSS also conducts its own research and development on the current trends in the field of swimming. Thus, it has developed its very own swimming equipment scientifically engineered for use in the various stages of its swimming programs. For more information about BLSS’ venues and schedules, please call 563-5532 or visit.

Meet the Personalities behind BLSS

ANGELO LOZADA
COO of Bert Lozada Swim School

Angelo is Certified and educated at the World Swimming Coaches, United States Swim School Association, Australian Council for the Teaching Of Swimming and Water Safety and the Philippine Swimming Inc,


Coach Angelo makes sure that his students learn properly while enjoying and having fun in the water to draw out the best in them. Bert Lozada Swim School started in 1965 through the initiative of its founder and Coach Angelo’s father Bert Lozada.

ANTHONY JOSEPH LOZADA
CEO of the Bert Lozada Swim School


Anthony was already teaching and coaching swimming when his father Bert formally organized the Bert Lozada Swim School(BLSS) in 1986. Back then it was known as the Lozada Swimming Specialists and Aquatic Services inc. (LSSAS).

Anthony starting coaching in 1987 but his formal introduction to coaching members of the national team happened when he assisted his father during the 1991 Southeast Asian Games where the Philippines won 2nd Place.

German national coach Lothar Matthes, who was the country’s foreign coaching consultant at that time, saw great potential in Anthony that he recommended him to the German Embassy and the Philippine Sports Commission for a scholarship grant and pursue a Diploma course in swim coaching at the prestigious Leipzig Sports University where legendary sports champions of the former East Germany was produced. Anthony was only the 2nd Filipino to have acquired coaching expertise from Leipzig.

In 1992, Anthony was again a recipient of a coaching course at the Crystal Palace National Sports Center conducted by British Swimming. Anthony developed national swimmers who represented the country at high-level international competitions among them the 2000 Sydney and 2004 Athens Olympic Games.

Anthony and his wife Eloisa attended swim teacher’s certification courses (infants & toddlers) in Australia in 2008 under the AUSTSWIM, Australia’s national organization for the teaching of swimming and water safety.

It was in 2011 when Anthony started coaching triathletes improve their swim.  He then pursued coaching education in Triathlon courtesy of the Triathlon Association of the Philippines(TRAP) and is now a Certified Level-2 Triathlon Coach by the , International Triathlon Union(ITU), Lausanne Switzerland. In 2013

His passion in developing triathlon coaches made him one of only 2 Asians to be given the opportunity of facilitating coaching certification courses as a Certified Coaches Education Facilitator by the International Triathlon Union(ITU). He conducted certification courses in China and Iran. He also attended and assisted at international triathlon training camps in China, Korea, Thailand, Iran and Portugal under the guidance of top coaches in the sport of triathlon. In 2015, Anthony was named as one of the triathlon coaches of Team Asia. Here, Anthony received a coaching mentorship program from the Asian Triathlon Confederation(ASTC) where Canadian ITU Coach Luc Morin was his  mentor.

2014 was a banner year for Anthony and his triathlon coaching because it was here when his triathlete (Victorija Deldio)  became the country’s 1st triathlete to qualify and race in an Olympic Triathlon event which was at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing China. It was back to the Olympics for Anthony. . It was also this year when Anthony’s visually impaired athletes, 15 year old  Jerome and Joshua Nelmida who also happens to be identical twins barged into the Triathlon community as the country’s 1st visually impaired traithletes to race as guest participants in the PT-5 category of the 2015 Asian Paratriathlon Championships which was held in Subic Olongapo City.

In 2015, Anthony was able to coach the country’s top junior triathlete(Edward Jared Macalalad) at prestigious World Triathlon Grand Finals in Chicago. This was the culmination of his 2015 season. Anthony and His Athlete Jared was sent by the  Asian Triathlon Confederation(ASTC) to training camps in Thailand supervised by top ITU coaches Luc Morin and coach Peter Clifford of High Performance Tri Australia in preparation for this race.

Anthony has always wanted to pursue his father’s drive towards bringing swimming to as many individuals as possible regardless of Age, Ability or status in life. In 2012, he attended a course in San Diego USA in teaching swimming to kids with Autism.

Anthony’s passion in the sport fuelled his energy into adding this to the courses that blss would offer that year. He took in a few students under his direct supervision but he would also transfer this knowledge along with sending his senior teacher to attend courses in the USA  so that they could also experience the joy of teaching seeing kids with special needs learn how to swim.

For Anthony, Coaching is Teaching. Athletes need to be taught and develop fundamental skills so that they are able to reach their full potential and maximize their God given talent. Anthony strives for Excellence in each student that he teaches and each athlete that he coaches. Coaches and teachers also need to practice professionalism regardless of the level.

Anthony doesn’t and will not stop learning how to teach/coach so that he gives his best at all times. For Anthony, the best coach/teacher must have the knowledge in order for a coach to be effective and efficient in developing his students/athletes regardless of their limitations in life.

Anthony believes that the best teacher/coach is not always the person who has the most knowledge or diplomas but the one who has the patience and uses his knowledge to find different ways to develop the skills of his students/athletes.

Anthony will always tell you..”I am a Teacher and a Coach because I love my sport and what I do. My passion is to create an environment where my students and athletes will be able to learn and develop their God given talent in pursuit of their dreams and goals.”

Anthony took up his Elementary, Secondary and College at the De La Salle University. He took up Bachelor of Science in Commerce, majoring in Business Management. He is married to Ma. Eloisa V. Lozada who works as a flight purser for Philippine Airlines and a professional photographer. They have a daughter who is a swimmer and triathlete Keona Marie V. Lozada.

Pepper Angeles-Lozada
BLSS Infant Aquatics Program Manager

Pepper Angeles-Lozada is married to Coach Angelo Lozada, mother to 3 energetic boys, a homeschool mom and a licensed Zumba fitness instructor.
She has always been fond of swimming since she was 2 years old. In college, she joined the St. Scholastica’s swimming team and eventually became the Team Captain. While in college, she found herself drawn to another water sport, Springboard & Platform diving during the 1991 South East Asian Games. Initially, it was just a hobby sport until the National coach encouraged her to try out for the national team…and landed a spot in the team. However, it was a short-lived sports career.
Not long after that, she found herself working for Ayala Corporation in 1996 under the Corporate Affairs Department. On the side, she worked as party host for children’s party. After 6 years, she decided to take on the job offered by Coach Angelo to teach infant & toddler swimming.
Teaching infant & toddler swimming was like second nature to Pepper, backed up with hands-on trainings under The Aquatic Achievers Swim School and certification from AUSTSwim she had in Queensland, Australia. She aimed to be good at what she does by always keeping herself up to date with the latest techniques on teaching infant & toddler swimming by attending conferences hosted by the U.S. Swim School Association.
In Bert Lozada Swim School, she holds a significant role by improving the school’s infant & toddler swim program, My Baby & Me. She also handles the training of teachers for the said program.



BERT LOZADA SWIM SCHOOL (BLSS)



60 years of teaching expertise

For the late Remberto “Bert” C. Lozada, swimming is not just a leisure sport but also a means of preserving one’s life.  It encourages self-confidence, reliability, independence and judgment.  More importantly, there is an increasing need for all young people to cope with the environment of water in order to at least be able to save their own lives.  This is the philosophy that keeps BLSS at the top of the industry since 1956.  From a single swim lesson provider, BLSS is now the largest and best managed swim school in country today.



from the  individual to the community

Today, Bert Lozada’s legacy is extended and carried further not just to individuals but now to different communities and municipalities, through the help of his family and establishment of the Bert Lozada Swimming School (BLSS).  BLSS currently runs learn to swim programs, competitive programs as well as comprehensive programs for the PE department of different Educational Institutions. 


BLSS fundamentals of swimming

BLSS is the only swimming institution that provides personalized and group teaching instruction to infants, children and adults through the Bert Lozada Swim System.

The BLSS teaches water safety and survival techniques as well as helps conquer one’s hydrophobia.  Under the Bert Lozada Swim System, every student surely acquires the basic skills in survival swimming.  At BLSS, everyone can swim.


training & coaching

While teaching the fundamentals of swimming, BLSS is constantly on the look out for talented students who can be trained to be future swimming champions of their school, club, city, region and even the country.  BLSS’s expertise in training and coaching have also contributed to the swimming industry thru the discovery of swimming champions in both local and international competitions—BLSS produced 6 Olympians Eric Buhain, Jenny Guerrero, Lisa Danila, Raphael Chua, Ryan Arabejo and Ryan Papa and veteran internationalists’ Lambert Guiriba, Enchong Dee and Erin Castrillo, to name a few.

total development

BLSS is dedicated to teaching every individual a life preserving skill that develops the person to become self-disciplined, self-reliant, physically fit and confident to achieve his/her goals.  Furthermore, through its many community service projects, BLSS has proven that swimming helps keep the youth off the streets and away from drugs.

     bert lozada swim system

The system is aimed at encouraging as many individuals as possible to take up swimming for health, safety and leisure.  It teaches water-safety skills to children and adults and introduces early competitive skills to students.  It also pioneers in the water familiarization of infants, six months old to three years old.  The system also includes an awards scheme, which recognizes the achievements of its students, as well as motivates them to excel in the sport of swimming. 

BLSS has a pool of competent staff composed of educators and coaches, some of who are members of the World Swimming Coaches Association (WSCA) and certified by the Australian Council for the Teaching of Water-safety and Swimming (AUSTSWIM).  As part of the company’s commitment to provide high quality instruction to its students, the company continuously updates its technical expertise through the staff’s participation in seminars both here and abroad such as those conducted by the United States Swim School Association (USSSA) and World Aquatic Babies and Children Association (WABC) to which BLSS is a member.  Other seminars participated in were held to various swimming centers such as the Crystal Palace Sports Center in the United Kingdom, the prestigious Leipzig Sports University in Germany and the World Swimming Clinic in Florida, USA conducted by the American Swimming Coaches Association.  BLSS is also affiliated with the World Aquatic Baby Congress (WABC) and the Australian Coaches and Swim Teachers Association (ACSTA).


The BLSS also conducts its own research and development on the current trends in the field of swimming.  Thus, it has developed its very own swimming equipment scientifically engineered for use in the various stages of its swimming programs.



More than 60 locations

BLSS system is currently running in more than 60 venues nationwide.  The system can be seen at various sports clubs, villages, hotels, condominiums, schools and companies.



ENROLL NOW!

2401 Tejeron St., Sta Ana, Manila 1009, Philippines • T: +63(2) 563-5532 F: +63(2) 562-8041 Email: info@bertlozadaswimschool.com • www.bertlozadaswimschool.com 
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